English U14 and U16 Girls: Rosie is wise to Morecambe challenge

Rosie Bee Kim is confident her near miss on a national title last week will give her added belief in her bid to contend at this week’s English Girls’ Under 16 and 14 Open Championship.

The Buckinghamshire golfer finished runner-up to Patience Rhodes in the English Girls’ Championship– an event in which she gave away four years to some of her rivals.

Now the 14-year-old is hoping that she can continue her form when up against girls of a similar age at the championship being staged at Morecambe Golf Club in Lancashire.

Kim will go into the event as one to watch in her age category with England girls’ squad player Maggie Whitehead (pictured below) , playing in the under 16 section, most used to the spotlight after appearing in women’s amateur events and in the Rose Ladies Series.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” admitted Kim after taking the positives from her second placed finish at Malton and Norton Golf Club on Friday.

“It would mean everything to win – literally the dream. I will prep and hopefully have some good days.

“This season has been good for me and this tournament gives me the chance to do well again.

“I’ve not played there (Morecambe) before but I’ve looked at it online and it’s looks like a very nice course.

“Doing well in the English Girls’ Championship has been a huge boost for me.

“When I was younger I could only dream of doing well in tournaments like that. It’s a huge confidence boost to me.”

A total of 116 girls will tee it up for three days of competition.

The Under 16 championship has 18 holes played on each of the first two days. After 36 holes the leading 40% of competitors and ties in this age category shall play a further 36 holes on the third day.

The Under 14 championship has 18 holes played on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the leading 40% of competitors and ties in this age category will play a further 18 holes on the third day.

Previous winners of the under 14 title include current Tour players including Charley Hull and Alice Hewson.

Former Women’s Open champion and Solheim Cup winner Georgia Hall won both the under 14 and under 16 titles in her days as a rising star of the amateur game.

 

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